Thursday, December 18, 2008
The Hundred-Handed Ones (Hecatoncheires)
The Hecatonchires were born of Gaia and Uranus. They were stronger, more overbearing, and more fierce than even the mighty Cyclopes. They had 100 arms and 50 heads each. Their names were Cottus, Briareus, and Gyges. Uranus was disgusted by these children, so in a fit of outrage he cast them into Tartarus to be locked up forever. Gaia was distressed about this and asked the Titans for help in retrieving them. Only Cronus agreed to help. Gyges and Cottus revolted against Zeus and were imprisoned in Tartarus by Zeus as punishment. They were was guarded by Briareus.